RainOil has completed its acquisition of 63.6% of the shares of Eterna Plc though its investment arms, Preline Ltd (60.9%) and Norsworthy Investments (2.6%). The Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA) was executed on August 25th, 2021. The transaction had been reported in Hawilti’s Q3 M&A Watch, available within the Hawilti+ research terminal.
The acquisition of Eterna will further consolidate RainOil’s market presence in Nigeria. Over the past two years, the Nigerian company has been investing heavily into its asset base which currently include three ultra-modern petroleum product storage deports in Delta, Cross River and Lagos, a 8,000 metric tonnes LPG storage facility in Lagos, over 100 retail outlets and a fleet of over 140 petroleum product tank trucks.
The Nigerian downstream sector is going through significant consolidation as players seek to expand their reach and network to benefit from economies of scale in a market where PMS remains heavily subsidised and regulated.
In January this year, Ardova Plc announced it was acquiring Enyo Retail & Supply, a private oil marketer with 95 retail stations in Nigeria.